I'm back! But ... Where have I been?

July 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I’m Back!  But where have I been?

You may have noticed I have been absent from Facebook and Instagram for about 2 years.  Or, you may not have noticed, but now that I have pointed it out, you are like, “oh yeah!”.

Well, briefly, here is what has been going on.

I separated from my husband in March 2019, after nearly 22 years of marriage and 3 kids.  At the time, I had my business and a one day a week part time job, just to keep some regular money coming in.

I have a very low risk personality, so this wasn’t enough for me to survive on.  So I got another part time job with a photography studio.  In July of 2019 I was offered a full time role at the studio.  This also coincided with me living on my own for the first time in my life.  So, I took the position for the stability I felt I needed. I knew it would be the end of my business as I couldn’t physically do both.  So, my business has taken a back seat as I always throw myself 150% into everything I do.

I have been very busy while working for this studio, even though we were effectively closed for a few months when Covid hit.

Working with other photographers is amazing, as you learn not only different shooting styles (and of course tips), but you also learn how another studio runs its photography business.  I have learnt so much and I am so grateful for my time there.

While there, I was also busy with my camera with over 190 shoots.  Here is what I have been doing:

1 x Christening

3 x studio shoots including a cake smash

13 x families with dogs

15 x corporate shoots

60 x outdoor family shoots

100 x newborn shoots

Dogs of the east bookDogs of the east book

I was also honoured to be a part of the “Dogs of the East” project.  In was a project in conjunction with Fortis Developments, MM  PHOTOS and Dogue where on one day, Michael (MM PHOTOS) and I photographed around 130 dogs over a 5 hour period.  It was manic!  There were the organisers, event planners, groomers, us, and of course all the owners and dogs! I photographed the white dogs on a grey background, and Michael photographed every other coloured dog on a white background.  Michael photographed more dogs on the day, but we were both absolutely flat out for the whole time.  This project has been made into a book and I am so proud to have been part of it.

As I said, I have learnt a lot from the studio and so grateful for the opportunity, stability and support.

It did allow me time to reflect and think about the photography I really love doing, and that is outdoor family shoots in beautiful sun.  So, that is what I want to focus on.

It is time for me to move on, and get back to being me, and doing the photography I love to do. So, I am back!!  So as soon as restrictions ease, I will be back in full swing and I can’t wait to see you all and how your families and have grown, and meet some new families.


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